House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers argued Sunday that the Obama administration needs to take a tougher approach to foreign policy than tracking online trends and hashtag diplomacy.
The Michigan Republican criticized the administration for not designating Boko Haram a terrorist organization years ago. The Islamist militant group is responsible for abducting at least 276 schoolgirls from the northeastern Nigerian village of Chibok last month.
The kidnapping prompted a global reaction on social media, particularly Twitter, where the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls was born. First lady Michelle Obama even tweeted a photo of herself holding a sign with the hashtag.
“It has to be more than hashtags and selfies,” he said, as reported by Politico.
Mr. Rogers cited a “new ecosystem of terrorism” that will take “a robust, holistic approach to what is radicalism and extremism popping up all over.”
“Can we help with the girls? I think we can and we should and we must,” he said. But “we also have to worry about the women of Afghanistan — some 11 million. We’re getting ready to walk away from them. In Syria, we have 12 million women who are under siege.”